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Grade Range:
3-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
6/17/2009
This online exhibition focuses on the natural history specimens that were collected by Lewis and Clark on their historic expedition. The site contains images of museum specimens, scientific drawings, and field photos of the plant and animal species observed and described by Lewis and Clark, along
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Primary Sources, Interactives & Media
Date Posted:
6/4/2009
Through brief biographies of the composers, primary source documents, and media clips, students will learn about the collaboration of these two great jazz composers and the process involved in writing and recording two of the most celebrated jazz pieces. This website examines two jazz standa
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Date Posted:
5/21/2009
Have you ever wondered how the lights in lighthouses are so bright? In this activity, students will examine a Fresnel lens to develop an understanding of how some lighthouse lenses work. They will then apply their knowledge of the lighthouse lens technology to imagine a new invention using a ligh
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
3/10/2009
This Mercury fuming box for developing daguerreotypes is certainly among the earliest photographic equipment used in America, dating 1839-1840. Working closely with Dr. J.W. Draper in New York, Morse was instrumental in promoting photography in America, furthering experimentation, and producing e
Grade Range:
6-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Duration:
80 minutes
Date Posted:
11/19/2008
Encourage your students to examine objects for historical information, ask historical questions, research answers to historical questions, and present their findings. Take a close look at the Star-Spangled Banner using an interactive Web site, then dive deeper into symbolism, the War of 1812, and
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
11/6/2008
Photographs can be powerful connections to the past. Soldiers, for example often had their portraits made before going off to war so that loved ones would have a rememberance of them in the event they did not return. This decorative mat is unusual and suggests the pride the owner may have felt ab
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
10/21/2008
Students can learn about the Lynches and the realities of life for many Americans during the Industrial Revolution by examining a map and description of their apartment, a page from an 1885 account book, and objects from the period. In the 1870s and 1880s, Catherine Tracy Lynch, an Irish imm
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
10/14/2008
America went to war to gain territory from Mexico and expand the nation's boundary from Texas to California.  Students will learn about the Mexican War by first examining its causes, Texas's struggle for independence and the controversial concept of Manifest Destiny in this section of&n
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Reviewed Websites
Date Posted:
10/7/2008
The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery tells the story of America through the individuals who have shaped U.S. culture. Their official online website features links to current, past, upcoming and online exhibitions, a collections search and educational resources including an The Great Histor
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
9/29/2008
In this lesson, students will carefully examine an authentic Massachusetts thirty-shilling note (1775) from the Museum's collection and hypothesize the meaning of its visual elements. Students will use primary and secondary sources to refine the hypothesis and in the process, discover the role th
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